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Fire Safety for your Assisted Living Facility

By brian barrick
March 28, 2012

A fire can destroy your building, injure your staff, and cause harm to your residents and the community you are trying to help. Although not all fires can be prevented, they can be anticipated and you can prepare for them. A fire suppression system can be installed throughout the Assisted Living Facility according to your fire code. Once the temperature hits a specific point or the system is activated manually, it releases chemicals that suppress the fire. Have an evacuation plan, but make sure all employees KNOW the plan. This should include all emergency exits (at least 2), and the number of steps to the exits in case of visibility problems. Policies and procedures for fire prevention should be established including, breathing space for electrical components, no bending of cords, unplug all unused appliances, and smoke in designated areas only. Be aware and knowledgeable about fire safety codes.

Many insurance carriers offer discounts when assisted living facilities are equipped with sprinkler systems.  Contact your insurance agency today about your assisted living facility insurance policy and any discounts you may qualify for.

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